Life Skills Training for Reservist and National Guard Families

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, Making $ense of Finances, July 14, 2014]Military leaders have expressed a need for training Reserve and National Guard families in life skills – managing money, legal challenges, social support, and community resources.  University educators familiar with military culture and the challenges specific to the reserve component (RC) of the armed forces developed a program that integrated training in life skills into relationship and marriage education.  The initial evaluation of the “Essential Life Skills for Military Families Program” [1] shows promise.The Essential Life Skills for Military Families Program (ELSMF) was developed to promote relationship skills at interpersonal and community levels, improve financial skills, and promote legal preparedness.  The curriculum includes four modules delivered as a workshop series.  The workshops can be taught as weekend, evening or full-day events.  The first module centers covers issues associated with deployment, particularly related to the couple relationship and life skills.  The second module focuses on managing personal finances, and managing money as a couple.  Module three discusses the legal aspects of military life, with an emphasis on estate planning.  The fourth module, focuses on building the couple relationship and seeking community support.A qualitative program evaluation has been conducted to gather feedback on the ELSMF program. A total of 1,003 participants responded to surveys after completing the course, and 333 participants also responded to an open-ended question, “What was the most helpful skill you learned in this class?” Thematic analysis using 2 independent coders yielded the following themes:Better understanding of how military stress impacts the couple relationship, and an appreciation for the role of communication in strengthening the relationship.Appreciation for the integration of life skills into relationship-strengthening programs.Participants commented positively on the course content, and feeling better prepared for deployment after the course, as well appreciating the techniques used, such as active participation and feedback, self-assessment, worksheets, and handouts.Offering this type of family life education to military families through Cooperative Extension proved to be more challenging than anticipated. It was necessary to provide additional training to county agents related to military life, and to offer programming in a different way than is normally done. It was found that offering the program as part of readiness-related training, such as drill weekends or family weekend events, led to better participation and program engagement. Both single and married couples found the program to be helpful. Overall, this program appears to provide positive benefits for military couples.References[1] Carroll, E. B., Orthner, D. K., Behnke, A., Smith, C. M., Day, S., & Raburn, M. (2013). Integrating life skills into relationship and marriage education: The Essential Life Skills for Military Families program. Family Relations, 62(4), 559-570. doi:10.1111/fare.12027This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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How to Create a Glass Effect in Adobe After Effects

first_imgCreate a translucent glass effect using only the built-in tools in After Effects. No third-party plugins or filters required!The always excellent Andrew Kramer from Video Copilot has released a tutorial on creating a translucent glass effect in Adobe After Effects. The slick effect is perfect for a film or video intro!The tutorial can be completed with all the tools that come with After Effects, so you won’t need to have a speciality (read: expensive) plugin to pull off the effect. Here’s the AE glass effect in its finished form.Modify the look to get a fogged look or create an effect that makes the camera seem like it’s “seeing” through a glass window. Kramer utilizes the AE camera to give the glass animation motion and depth. The final effect is a cold, icy animation that would be right at home in a horror or mystery project. And be sure to check out Video Copilot for more great AE tutorials. Here’s the After Effects glass effect tutorial in all its glory.If you’re looking for more After Effects action, take a minute to browse PremiumBeat’s AE archives. You’ll definitely find something helpful and cool.last_img read more

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Creating Compound Clips in FCPX

first_imgLearn how to create compound clips in this FCPX video tutorial.FCPX was designed with powerful organization and metadata features – one reason diehard FCPX video editors love it. FCPX allows you to create compound clips, “which allow you to  group any combination of clips in the Timeline or the Browser and nest clips within other clips”.There are a ton of really good uses for compound clips, from better organization to faster editing. Use them to break up a big timeline into manageable chunks. Give a compound clip unique settings (different from the overall project settings). In After Effects terms, you could think of compound clips as a nested sequence or a pre-composed composition.In the following tutorial we will take a look at how to use compound clips in your FCPX video editing workflow:Creating new compound clipsAdding clips to compound clipsUsing keyboard shortcutsAdjusting compound clip settingsUsing the timeline to create compound clipsWant to learn more about using compound clips in FCPX? Check out the official Apple documentation.How do you use compound clips? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic’s New URSA Mini OS and 4k Improvements

first_imgWith NAB 2016 rolling along, Blackmagic Design reveals this year’s list of new products and updates.At last year’s NAB, Blackmagic stole the show with their reveal of the URSA Mini. This year they’re back with some solid updates (mostly to the Mini) and major 4k improvements to old favorites. Highlights listed below:Blackmagic Duplicator 4kThis beast records high-quality H.265 onto 25 separate SD cards. Designed for the television production industry, the Duplicator 4k allows you to flip content instantly by recording in real time to all 25 cards. There’s even an option through a 12G-SDI input to daisy chain duplicators so you can keep adding extra capacity while still recording at the same time.Blackmagic Video Assist 4kThis new model Video Assist 4k allows for a 7-inch monitor and broadcast quality recorder to be added to any SDI or HDMI camera. The Assist 4k boasts additional aids such as peaking, focus zoom and a histogram, along with two analog audio inputs with phantom power that allow you to completely bypass camera audio.New URSA Mini Operating SystemThe URSA Mini gets a much-needed boost with a total redesign of its OS. For starters, you can now touch any setting on the LCD and adjust directly without going into the menus. Control of the iris has been tweaked to be more intuitive along with improvements to audio leveling. Probably the coolest update will be the new 3D lookup tables for the internal LCD and SDI output. This means you’ll be able to load custom color looks stored in the camera’s internal flash memory.DaVinci Resolve 12.5Resolve also gets a good kick up with a new variable speed curve integrated with retime controls and the addition of metadata in the edit page. With the metadata, there are a lot more compositing modes as well as new effects including dissolves, wipes and other transitions. Another big addition is a new audio waveform overlay in the source viewer for cutting against an audio track (which you couldn’t see before).For a full list of new products and updates, you can view the press releases at Blackmagic’s website — or watch an in-depth feature on them here.What do you think of Blackmagic’s products and updates from NAB 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Production Tips: Making Interviewees Comfortable

first_imgShooting interviews for your next video project? Follow these tips to make your interviewees comfortable and get the best results.Cover image via Parker Digital.Conducting interviews for film, video, or television requires a nuanced skill set. Yes, strong technical knowledge is important so you can set-up, light, and record audio effectively. But the hallmark of a successful interview is the quality of footage and sound bites you get out of your interviewee.How do you do it? You have to make your interviewee relaxed, comfortable, and confident — which is easier said than done. Here are seven tried-and-true ways to help you get the most out of your next interviewee.1. Start Recording Audio Before VideoImage via Shutterstock.First tip: Start recording audio before you get picture lock. There’s no reason to let any potential audio go to waste. If you’re trying to make your interviewee comfortable off-the-bat, it doesn’t hurt to have that off-the-cuff audio available in case you need it in a pinch later.Pro-tip: Use a wireless lapel mic on all interview shoots (even if you’re recording audio with a boom) to ensure you don’t miss anything.2. Tell Them What You’re Looking For — and WhyImage via Lynda.com.From the moment your interviewee arrives on set to the moment they leave,  your highest priority is to connect with them to make them feel comfortable. One great way to connect with your interviewee is to share information about yourself, the project, and the day’s specific shoot. Be upfront and honest and share your expectations for sound bites or emotional reactions.Most importantly, share why you’re seeking this information so they can understand where you’re coming from. This helps them articulate their answers and talking points more clearly.3. Give Hints in Your QuestionsImage via Steve Spence.When asking your interview questions, it can be helpful to give “hints” about what you want to hear (especially if you’re working on a storyboarded project). 99 percent of the time, if your questions are specific and thought-out, you’ll hear your own talking points in the answer. Here’s an example:Q: What about this event do you love? Is it the people, is it the venue, is it the location — anything like that?A: Well, I love this event; it’s the people, the venue, the location — it’s just great!(Author’s note: I know this sounds forced, but I swear, try it. If they don’t repeat the information point by point, they’ll at least mimic your tone.)4. Make Them SmileImage via Wikipedia.Easier said than done right? Some interviewees just seem perpetually uncomfortable. However, science has proved that people are more relaxed and engaged when they smile and laugh. Same goes for you as the interviewer: smile, laugh, and relax to put your interviewee at ease.Pro-tip: If you can get a chuckle, then encourage them to keep smiling as they talk. It’s a well known radio-trick that broadcasters smile while they talk because it energizes their voices (and their nerves).5. Get Them to Say YesImage via Wistia.Another psychological trick that you can use is to condition people to be more agreeable and open by simply getting them to say “Yes.” It’s a little manipulative, yes, but it’s for a good cause, right? See what I’m doing here?Pro-tip: If you gather basic information about your interviewee, a good way to get them agreeing is by asking them to confirm basic things like their name, employer, job title, and address by asking yes-or-no questions. Remember, it feels good to say yes!6. Free Their Hands (and Bodies)Image via Shutterstock.Depending on your interview set-up, your interviewees may be sitting, standing, or moving around. Sitting stationary has its advantages for technical aspects like lighting, focus, and sound, but it can make your interviewee uncomfortable. People like to move around, especially when they talk.If you have to keep your interviewee in one spot, encourage them to use their hands. It helps them emote and convey information, and it can often make them more expressive.7. Get Them in a ConversationOn that same subject, people really like to converse. While some can do it well, most people are not inclined to talk for the sake of talking. People respond best when they are in a conversation with another human being. It’s much more natural to explain ideas or processes to another person than it is to simply speak to a camera or a light.Pro-tip: Consider shooting your interviews slightly from the side. If you are using a producer or interviewer, position them there where they can engage with the interviewee face to face and actually, you know, chat.If you’re looking for more video interview tips and tricks (both technical and practical), check out some of these resources.How to Shoot Gorgeous Documentary InterviewsTips for Shooting a Video Interview with a DSLR CameraHow to Use a Third Camera on Interview Shoots Have any tips or tricks of your own for making an interviewee comfortable? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Choice Cuts: Check Out July’s Best New Royalty Free Music

first_imgEnergize your video projects with our favorite new royalty-free tracks.Pop in your earbuds and explore a brand-new batch of bouncing beats, blistering rockers, and breezy ambient tracks. Don’t think of this as a simple invitation to hear the latest additions to our royalty-free music library — consider it a chance to experience the freshly submitted sounds that moved and inspired our curation team the most in July. We’re pumped about these tracks, and we’re excited to finally share them with you.This month’s playlist leads off with “Panther” from Harrison Amer, a propulsive tribal/trap banger that’s perfect for a high-energy montage or establishing shot. It’s loaded with momentum-building percussive energy that firmly and clearly states, “All right, it’s go time. Let’s do this.”Image via guruXOX.If you’re looking to make a statement a little closer to “All right, it’s go time. Let’s party,” take a listen to “That’s Right” by Pop Villains. This track is legit funk, with ripping horns dancing atop a solid, strutting groove. There are some serious Morris Day and the Time vibes going on with this one.Here’s another highlight: “Back in 80s” by Denis. This is on-the-nose, retro-synth authenticity at its finest. While the song might be a little too playful for your Stranger Things homage, it’s certainly tubular enough for all of your other throwback needs.Image via lolostock.In addition to these noteworthy tracks, you’ll hear staff-picked songs that cover just about any mood you can think of — pomp and circumstance, doom and gloom, peace and love . . . you name it. Be the first on your block to use one of these vital new releases with a simple $49 Standard License that lets you use the track in as many of your videos as you want. In the meantime, all right. It’s go time. Let’s explore July’s best in the playlist below.Cover image via Indigo Photo Club.Header image via Soifer.Playlist header image via BrAt82.Looking for more royalty-free music playlists? Check these out.2019’s Most Important Film Score Trend: Experimental Ambient MusicCreative Zeitgeist: 2019 Royalty Free Music Trends PlaylistMake Your Cuts Shine with Royalty-Free Transition MusicCreative Royalty-Free Intro Music for Better Viewer EngagementFresh Tracks: Hear June’s Best New Royalty Free Musiclast_img read more

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Start Investing in People

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now We try to help people, but we aren’t giving them the help they really need. It’s because we are underinvesting in people. Investing more means caring more.We give people answers when we should be teaching them to think. But providing an answer takes only a few minutes and teaching people to think takes more time and real effort.We give people money when we should be teaching them to create increasingly greater levels of value. Giving people money helps them in the short term, but it doesn’t provide growth. It’s much more difficult to help people increase their value.We try to motivate people to take action and to improve their own results, their own lives. But that motivation lasts only a short time. It’s more difficult to help people identify and activate their real purpose, the internal motivation that they can sustain over their lifetime.We use quick fix solutions to long term, systemic problems. The person who needs help might take the help and go away, but they haven’t left any better than off then when you found them. They’re still dependent.Why You UnderinvestUnderinvesting produces dependents instead of independence. And there are five reasons that you might be underinvesting.Your failure to invest in people might mean that you believe the person you are “helping” can’t improve or grow. They aren’t worth investing in because you believe they are incapable of improving.People will surprise you if you give them a chance.It might also suggest that you believe they aren’t really worth the level of investment required, that you believe that there is something more important than helping them grow.Your legacy is going to consist of nothing more than the lives you touched, for good or for ill.It might be that you really don’t know how to give people the real help they need. This is probably the least likely reason; it’s likely that you are extremely capable and well suited to providing that level of help.You have the abilities you possess for a reason.Some people fail to give people the help they really need because it gives them power or control. If their help is always needed, then they are significant, they’re important.Nothing makes you more significant that helping people grow.But when it comes to helping people grow, the most likely reason you are underinvesting is that you aren’t really focused on that outcome. You’re focused on treating the presenting problem and not the real source of the problem. Changing the outcome and investing in caring enough to really help solves that problem—and it provides real help.What to InvestInvesting in people is expensive. Really helping requires you to make much greater investments.You have to make a greater investment of the most limited and fleeting of all your possessions: your time. Investing your time to really help produces outsized returns. The time invested to give people the help they need is returned to you many times over because it creates independence instead of dependents.You have to make a greater investment of your emotional energy. You have to care enough about the person that needs your help to give them the help that they really need. That means you have to shift the outcome from how you can help this person in the fastest way possible to how you can help them grow. It’s inefficient. That energy is expensive. It requires patience. It requires tolerance.If you are reading this and it has touched in you some way, then it’s likely there’s a long line of people that invested enough in caring about you to give you the help that you really needed. Remember what that looked like? Remember how that felt? Remember the difference it made in your life? That’s the investment in caring you need to make in helping others.QuestionsAre you giving the people that ask you for help the help that really need? Or are you doing what is efficient over what is really effective?Are you really creating the value that you are capable of creating? Or are you shortchanging yourself and the people that need your help?What is the root cause of your underinvestment in caring about other people enough to give them the help that they really need?last_img read more

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Selling Is Conversations and Commitments

first_imgWhen you boil selling down to its fundamental elements it is two things: conversations and commitments. This is as true for a complex sale as it is when you sell your teenager children on cleaning their rooms (or they sell you on why they haven’t).Prospecting is the act of starting a conversation. It’s a conversation around the opportunity to meet someone for the first time to explore ideas, ideas that may or may not result in an opportunity to do something better together. If that conversation goes well, it ends with a commitment to explore ideas.Discovery is a conversation about exploring needs and options. It’s about learning what might need to be improved, how those improvements might be made, and what kind of changes will be necessary. The idea of building consensus is simply the act of bringing more people into that conversation. If that conversation goes well, you move forward with a commitment to present some ideas about how you might move forward.Presentations are really conversations about what it will be like to work together. These conversations capture all of the previous conversations and organize them into a story as to how you will move from where you are now to some better future state. Presentations are also conversations, with both sides contributing to the story. These conversations should end with a commitment to move forward together or a commitment to make and review adjustments.Negotiations are conversations about creating and capturing value. The conversation around price is really a conversation around value, how much is being created and who gets to capture how much. Good conversations are about the value creation part, and bad conversations focus only on capture. Done well, these conversation lead to the commitment to move forward together.To sell effectively, you have to be good at both conversations and commitments. If you like the conversation part but aren’t comfortable asking for commitments, you are going to struggle to sell well. If you like asking for commitments but don’t have too much to offer when it comes to conversations, you aren’t going to gain the commitments you need to make many deals.QuestionsWhat conversations do you need to have more of?How do you ensure your conversations result in commitments?What commitments for future conversations do you need?last_img read more

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5 Rules for Entrepreneurs

first_imgHave customers. You are not an entrepreneur if you don’t have a customer. You are a person (or a group of people) with an idea. Entrepreneurs create businesses. Anyone can have an idea and, in fact, everyone has ideas all of the time. Ideas are worthless; execution is priceless. Real businesses have real, paying customers who exchange money for the value they receive.Build a business. Entrepreneurs build businesses. They focus on creating something sustainable, something with real value. Your product is not a business. The service that you provide to others is not a business. To turn your product or service into a business, you have to acquire enough customers to make it one. You have to scale up. You need to build.Care enough about the business to work. Entrepreneurship isn’t a hobby. Bouncing from one idea to the next idea without ever putting in the work necessary to create a real, sustainable business doesn’t make you a serial entrepreneur; it makes you flaky. If you are an entrepreneur, you do the work. If you don’t want to do the work, become an investor.Generate a profit. Businesses make money. Well, the ones that survive do. Entrepreneurs know this, and they build models to ensure that they are profitable—and that they can grow the business. No real business tracks their “burn rate.” Real businesses have budgets and goals. Growing a business requires that you find a way to make enough money to invest it back in the business.Be stingy with your ownership. Venture capitalist will give money in exchange for part of your business. So will angel investors. Taking investor’s money is the part of “entrepreneurship” that seems glamorous, especially to young entrepreneurs entranced by stories out of San Francisco. Investment money is expensive; it costs you ownership. You can borrow money from a bank and keep your company. If you are giving up a significant piece of the ownership of your business, it ought to be for something more than money—unless the money is the result of selling the successful business you built as a wealth realization event.last_img read more

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4 Mistakes You Make When Raising Your Prices

first_imgYou are afraid to press send. You have written an email to your client to notify them of your impending price increase. You are worried that it may jeopardize your relationship—and potentially cost you their business. Over time, your costs have increased and generating the results your clients need means ensuring you have the profit to deliver those same results.Here are four common mistakes when raising your pricing.Avoiding the ConversationWhen you send an email about a price increase, you are also sending another message, one that is going to make it more difficult to gain an agreement on the new pricing. The subtext sounds like this: “I am afraid to tell you about the price increase, and I am worried you are going to take your business elsewhere.”If you want to look like you are doing something to hurt your client (instead of helping them), there may not be a better way to do so than hiding behind an email. The email you want to send gives the impression that you are afraid to discuss pricing and value creation because you believe what you are doing isn’t good, and right, and fair.The very best way to have this conversation is face-to-face. It demonstrates your confidence that the price increase is necessary to continue to deliver the results your clients expect from you.Failing to Justify the IncreaseYour clients also increase prices to their clients and customers. They recognize that their costs increase over time, and they know that they need to be profitable to live, thrive, and survive—and create value for the people and companies they serve. That said, they need to be reminded that what is true for them is also true for you.What’s more expensive now? Is it labor? Is it the raw material? Is it new governmental mandates? Without a justification, your client is left to believe that the price increases is your way of improving your margins, which in and of itself may be necessary, as too little profit may prevent your ability to execute.Providing the reasons and factors that cause the price increase makes it easier to understand and accept the increase.Not Preparing a Defense for Your ContactsSomeone is going to ask your contact about your price increase. Someone on their team has a spreadsheet with their costs, and you just changed one of their variables.If you haven’t had a price increase for the last five years, that’s going to be something helpful for your contact to know. If the increase is based on some challenge that impacts everyone in your industry, like government mandates or new tariffs, you are going to want to provide information as to how the effects everyone equally, without any regard for how it changes their contractual relationships.The more you prepare your contacts to argue on your behalf, the more help they can give you.Being Overly ApologeticOne of the worst things you can do is to believe that you are harming your client. Prices increase over time. Sustaining the ability to deliver the outcomes you sell means ensuring that you capture enough of the value you create to continue to execute for and with your client.Your price increase isn’t designed to hurt your client, and you cannot act or speak like this is true. Your price increase ensures that you continue to serve your clients—and to create new value for them in the future. Make sure that this is a large part of your message—when you sit down to speak with your clients. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Corpse goes missing; cops clueless

first_imgPanaji: The North Goa (Bicholim) police are clueless about the corpse of a 60-year-old man, Karim Ahmed Attar, which went missing from a Muslim burial ground in Sankhali, North Goa, on Saturday.Speaking to The Hindu on Sunday, a Bicholim police station official said an investigation was on in the case, but no progress has been made yet. Police inspector Narayan Chimulkar, Bicholim police station, had said, “Attar’s family had gone to the graveyard ten days after the burial, to perform some rituals, where they saw the body of the deceased was missing.” Upon receiving the complaint, the police pressed a dog squad into service. A set of gloves were found in the area.last_img read more

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First draft of Assam’s NRC recognises 1.9 crore people as citizens

first_imgNearly 32 years after the Assam Accord was signed, the first draft of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the State listed 1.90 crore names out of the 3.29 crore applicants. The updated NRC was published at midnight on December 31.Assam is the only State in the country that prepared an NRC in 1951 following the census of that year and has become the first State to get the first draft of its own updated NRC. The NRC, 1951, is updated in Assam with the names of applicants whose names appear in NRC, 1951, or any electoral rolls of the State up to midnight of March 24, 1971, and their descendants and all Indian citizens, including their children and descendants who have moved to Assam post March 24, 1971.Announcing the publication of the first draft of the updated NRC at a press conference, Registrar-General of India Sailesh told journalists that verification of the remaining applicants was under way and the subsequent draft would be published after the names were verified.State NRC Coordinator Pratik Hajela allayed the fears of those whose names did not appear in the first draft, saying the verification was a tedious process and there was a possibility that some names within a single family might not be included in the first draft. He appealed to all people not to panic as the verification process was still on.The time frame for the publication of the NRC draft was set by the Supreme Court, which has been monitoring the entire process. The court had turned down a plea by the Centre last month for an extension of the time frame till July 31, 2018, and directed that the first draft be published at midnight of December 31.Mr. Sailesh said the time frame for publication of the second draft would be decided in accordance with the Supreme Court, adding that the entire process would be completed in 2018.PTI adds… NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said those people whose names have been excluded in the first list need not worry.“It is a tedious process to verify the names. So there is a possibility that some names within a single family may not be there in the first draft,” said Mr. Hajela.“There is no need to panic as rest of the documents are under verification,” he said.Asked about the possible timeframe for the next draft, the RGI said it will be decided as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court — under whose monitoring the document is being prepared — in its next hearing in April.The entire process will be completed within 2018, Mr. Sailesh said.The application process started in May, 2015 and a total of 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families across Assam.“The process of accepting complaints will start once the final draft is published as rest of the names are likely to appear in that,” Mr. Hajela said.People can check their names in the first draft at NRC sewa kendras across Assam from 8 am on January 1. They can also check for information online and through SMS services.The RGI informed that the ground work for this mammoth exercise began in December 2013 and 40 hearings have taken place in the Supreme Court over the last three years.Assam, which faced influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only State having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the entire process, had ordered that the first draft of the NRC be published by December 31 after completing the scrutiny of over two crore claims along with that of around 38 lakh people whose documents were suspect.last_img read more

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Kashmir tense after Shopian civilian killings

first_imgKashmir valley remained tense on Sunday, a day after the killing of two civilians in the Army firing in Shopian. The authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the Valley as separatists’ shutdown call against the killings. District Magistrate, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah has ordered restrictions under Section 144 “in territorial jurisdictions of Srinagar’s Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and M.R. Gunj police stations”.Partial restrictions were also imposed in Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations. “The restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident,” he said. Train and internet services were suspended in south Kashmir for the day.Meanwhile, all shops and business centres remained close in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads. Separatists leaders, which includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for a Valley-wide shutdown over the killings.In Shopian, the two civilians, who died when the Army opened fire on stone-throwing protesters at Ganowpora village on Saturday afternoon, were buried in their local graveyards in Balpora and Ganowpora villages. Hundreds of locals offered funeral prayers. There were reports of minor clashes after the funerals.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killings and sought a report within 20 days. She also spoke to Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday evening and sought her intervention.The Union Defence Minister, according to the Jammu and Kashmir government spokesperson, assured Ms. Mufti “that a detailed report will be prepared of the incident and the field formations will be asked to set up mechanisms so that such incidents do not recur in future”.last_img read more

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Extremism re-emerging in Punjab, says Amarinder

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Thursday said extremism is re-emerging in Punjab, threatening to once again disturb the peace and stability of the State.In a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, Capt. Amarinder stressed on the need for the formulation of an all-encompassing strategy to counter the emerging extremism. He urged Mr. Singh for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the re-emergence of extremism in Punjab. Intelligence apparatus Capt. Singh pointed out that strengthening of the intelligence apparatus was the need of the hour. He said action should be taken against foreign handlers based in countries like Canada, UK, USA, Italy, Germany who are actively engaged in activities for reviving terrorism in Punjab.He also emphasised the need for countering social media activities aimed at disturbing the peace and stability of the State.An official statement said the Home Minister agreed to look into the State’s demands under the Modernisation of Police Forces Scheme (MPF Scheme). Citing the State’s security concerns, the Chief Minister raised the demand for Central assistance in the modernisation of the police forces.“The Chief Minster raised the point that under MPF Punjab should be designated as a category-A State for financial assistance at 90:10 Centre-State sharing basis on the pattern of Jammu and Kashmir and eight Northeastern States,” said the statement. Additional funds Capt. Singh also sought allocation of additional funds to Punjab under MPF Scheme for strengthening of the State special branch for various law and order challenges being faced by the State, such as proxy war, trans-border terrorism and influx of drugs, weapons and explosives.last_img read more

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Bandodkar Gold Cup has been switched, says Churchill Brothers president

first_imgThe Bandodkar Gold Cup, the award for a top football tournament of the 1970s in the State, that was made of solid gold once has been switched with one made from a less precious metal, said former Chief Minister, and president of Churchill Brothers football club, Churchill Alemao, on Saturday.At a press conference here, Mr. Alemao vowed to launch a probe into the switch, if he wins the upcoming election for the president of the Goa Football Association (GFA). However, he admitted he did not know when it happened or in which president’s tenure. The former Chief Minister said,”The Bandodkar Gold Cup was made of pure gold weighing several kilos. But now the GFA claims that it is not made of gold. So where has it gone?”GFA president Elvis Gomes responded by asking why Mr. Alemao who had several years to file a police complaint on the matter had not done so already. Responding to the allegations made by Mr. Alemao that the GFA was delaying the association’s polls to deny him the opportunity to contest the elections on account of his age, Mr. Gomes said, “Football is not just about Churchill Alemao. Is he the only person running football? This shows that for him football is all about himself and not about the sport or the fraternity.”Mr. Alemao had said that he is about to turn 70, and the GFA’s rules debars those above 70 years to function as president. Instituted in 1970 by then Chief Minister, the late Dayanand Bandodkar, the tournament was disbanded in 1994. It was only revived some years ago by the GFA.last_img read more

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Kashmir Valley in freeze; weddings called off

first_img The change in plans has also meant a series of cancellations of orders with butchers, caterers, and makers of sweets. “At least 80% of my orders for Sunday and Monday stand cancelled. If it worsens with scrapping of Article 35A, I doubt if any marriage will be elaborate in the coming months,” said Majid Daryal, a meat seller in Lal Bazar.IAS topper cautionsCautioning against repeal of Article 35A, IAS topper from the 2009 batch, Shah Faisal, tweeted: “I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed or nikahnama. You repeal it and the relationship [with the Centre] is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards.” Fearing widespread violence, families in the Kashmir Valley have been cancelling weddings scheduled for Monday ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Article 35A .Local newspapers and cable channels have been full of cancellation notices.“We would like to inform our esteemed guests that due to the prevailing situation coupled with uncertainty, we have decided to cancel our daughter’s wedding on August 6. However, nikah will take place. God willing,” reads the notice published in the daily Greater Kashmir by Syed Liyaqat Gilani, a resident of Bagh-e-Mehta.Late summer is the peak wedding season in the Valley ahead of the harsh winter. Valley weddings are elaborate affairs with extravagant feasts; exotic dishes are prepared for days together at the homes of the bride and groom. “We do not intend that any guest should be harmed. I had done elaborate shopping in New Delhi to wear special clothes on my wedding. However, we have to keep it simple now,” said Sajid Ahmad, a prospective groom from Srinagar’s old city, who was scheduled to marry on Monday.Also Read Jammu and Kashmir tense ahead of SC hearing on Article 35Alast_img read more

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AAP to go it alone in Punjab

first_imgAam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday ruled out any alliance in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Punjab, saying the party would contest all the 13 Lok Sabha seats alone.“The AAP will contest all the Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and will not enter into any tie-up with anyone,” Mr. Kejriwal said in Bathinda, where he had come to attend a marriage ceremony of a party legislator.Mr. Kejriwal hit out at the ruling Congress government in Punjab, accusing it of failing to keep its promises made during the Assembly elections in 2017. “Not a single promise made by Amarinder Singh has been fulfilled,” he alleged.“They (Congress) promised to eradicate the drug problem, but the menace still continues,” he said.‘No action’The Delhi Chief Minister also accused the Punjab government of failing to act against all those named in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s inquiry report on incidents of religious sacrilege in the State.last_img read more

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Water overflow eases in Siang river

first_imgPeople residing on the banks of the Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday, as water overflowing from a landslide-induced barrier across the river upstream in China eased within 14 hours.Beijing had informed New Delhi that the natural overflow from the barrier in Yaluzangbu (Tsangpo) occurred at 2.30 p.m. on Friday and the discharge was 18,000 cubic metres per second. The barrier was formed soon after a landslide at Jiala village in Milin county of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China on October 17.Tsangpo flows into Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang, which meets two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra downstream in Assam.Soon after the Central Water Commission issued an alert about the Tsangpo barrier breach, Arunachal Pradesh’s Disaster Management Secretary, Bidol Tayeng, instructed the authorities of districts that the Siang passes through to take precautionary measures.“A fairly high volume of clear water reached Pasighat town around 7.30 a.m., but the flow was not as forceful as we had feared. The water level has been rising, besides turning turbid by 10 a.m., but there’s no reason to panic,” Tamiyo Tatak, Deputy Commissioner of East Siang district, told The Hindu.The water took more than 14 hours to reach Pasighat, the headquarters of East Siang district, close to the border with Assam. .Tuting, in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, is the habitation on the Siang river closest to the China border. The impact at Tuting could not be ascertained because of poor connectivity.First of its kindMr. Tayeng said the preparation for averting a disaster was the first of its kind involving the State machinery, the Union Home Ministry and government agencies such as the National Disaster Response Force, the Air Force, the Central Water Commission and the India Space Research Organisation.“After the overflow at the landslide location in Tibet, 80 km downstream of Nuxia Hydrological Station, the water rushed down and reached Tuting at about 10:37 pm on Friday. It then reached Yingkyiong at about 01:37 am on Saturday before easing as it flowed towards the foothills,” he said.He said the districts through which the Siang flows were wary of a Tsango barrier-induced disaster in 200. That year, Tsangpo was blocked for 62 days after an earthquake. The barrier breached after two months and the State suffered an estimated loss of more than Rs. 1 billion after a barrier in the Tsangpo closer to India-China border gave way.At least 30 people were killed and 100 went missing while more than 50,000 people in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh were left homeless by the resultant flash floods.last_img read more

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Vibrant Gujarat roadshow held in Mumbai

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, accompanied by key government officials, held a roadshow here on Monday for the ninth edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019. Mr. Rupani also had meetings with leading industrialists and heads. including, N. Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons Ltd; Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla Group; Harsh Goenka, chairman, RPG Enterprises; Niranjan Hiranandani, co-founder & MD Hiranandani Developers; B.K. Goenka, chairman, Welspun Group; Adi Godrej, chairman, Godrej Group; Anand Mahindra, chairman and MD, Mahindra & Mahindra; and Raoul Bajaj, CEO of trading giant Trafigura India Pvt. Ltd , to discuss their investment plans for Gujarat.“Vibrant Gujarat has contributed greatly to the overall growth of the State. The summit was originally conceptualised to rope in investments and build Gujarat’s image as a business friendly destination. Today, it has grown into a knowledge sharing platform, where world leaders deliberate on pressing global issues. The summit allows not just Gujarat but other States also to come together and position India as a lucrative investment destination,” Mr. Rupani said.Gujarat has partnered with Canada, Denmark, Japan, France, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Czech Republic and Uzbekistan for the 2019 summit.last_img read more

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